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Comment Re:I feel you... (Score 1) 283

Updating is required to maintain a secure device. I had had the device for just over a year when it updated. The change that Apple made was not the raise the price, they already have corned the market on over pricing their devices, but to make it that older devices do not offer functionality offered to newer devices. This is reasonable. If Google decides to push a software update to a device THEY are responsible for ensuring it works. Devices do not "degrade with upgrades" that is a contradiction of terms. A software update should not be pushed to a device that cannot handle it.

Comment Re:I feel you... (Score 1) 283

You are essentially saying that he can fix the issues pushed onto the device by the developer, in this case Google. Why is that an acceptable "solution?" When Apple did this with the iPhone 3g people very annoyed (rightfully). I got a free upgrade from Apple after complaining about it repeatedly. I can't even find out who I WOULD contact with regards to my 2012 Nexus 7 being so slow. It is fine and daddy to say that a user can make their 3 year old device do amazing new things by rooting and installing other software; telling a user that they can fix issues pushed on them by the developer of software is not. This is one reason why Apple totally hampers older devices at the OS level (e.g. no multi tasking older devices that will get iOS 9).

Comment Re:How could it possibly "work" for 300M people? (Score 1) 281

I think the "large welfare state[s]" are providing a minimum income to their citizenry. This has very much the same effect as a minimum wage in countries where the economy can handle either the high taxes or the increased costs of a higher minimum wage. The conclusions you draw from the two systems you are comparing do not follow from their forms of economy so much as their underlying economic base which existed before the socialization (sorry bad term but you get my drift) of Europe. Basically correlation does not equal causation.

Comment Re:Great idea (Score 1) 220

I know you are using, the now meaningless, quotes around "deadly force" but do tone down the hyperbole. While it seems to be an ill-conceived idea to empower corporations to retaliate against perceived attackers it is not "deadly" in any sense (unless of course it is some other stupid corp who placed life critical equipment on the internet).

Comment Re:Smart (Score 2) 291

You are giving a single data point. Perhaps you should provide a data point further in the past to at least give a slope to your assertion? Here let me help. The effective tax rate on the top 1% has been falling since 1995 while for everyone else it is at a historic low. However it is important to keep in mind that the percent of wealth owned by that 1% has increased dramatically: the ratio of 50th to 99th wealth has gone from 0.024 in 1995 to 0.01 in 2013. In particular the 50% wealth level has DROPPED while the 99% wealth level has almost doubled.

Comment Re:Even U238 isn't radioactive. (Score 1) 242

I think you misread something. Pu239 synthesis doesn't include beta capture. U239 is unstable and EMITTS a beta similarly for Np239. Beta (electron) capture would lead to a lower atomic number:
P+e^- = N+\nu_e
There used to be a cool webpage where you could traverse all the isotopes and see how they were produced but I can't seem to find it now.

Comment Re:Harbingers? or just early adopters? (Score 1) 300

This is easily testable with whatever dataset they used to do the research. * Come up with a hypothesis based on a subset of your data * Test your hypothesis on the remaining data It seems like they had bunch of data so they could have selected data before the last N choices were made them see how their model predicts what the "Harbingers" would say or not.

Comment Re:Why can't this be the law everywhere? (Score 1) 271

I think that asking a private company (Google) to do the job of the State, keeping records private, is the wrong course of action. If your goal is to have arrest records be private then make the SOURCE of Google's search results remove them, e.g. the state database or historical news reports. It is NOT Google's job to hide these things it is the State's job to make these data private. Now if Google is HOSTING these data then they can be held responsible to remove the, otherwise the State should just go after the sources.

Comment Re:the non-empirical research dollar (Score 1) 364

You do realize that one reason for the current state of affairs is the complete lack of ability to test ANY new theory? The LHC was really only designed to see what we expected to see. If we don't see some things that will be great but it will mean that the Standard Model is pretty much wrong. But we won't be able to test anything else.

It is naive to believe that everything in the world can be optimized my some market solution. If some group isn't producing results it is not always the case that reducing their funding will produce better results (e.g. education and basic science). We have trained many great theoretical physicists in the past 30 years but have invested very little in experiments that are likely to produce that could falsify any modern theory.

There is very little future in being right when your boss is wrong.